Research by CV library conducted in the past year revealed that a whopping 55.6% of British workers are unsatisfied in their current roles.
Feel like you fall into this percentage? Then it’s time to dust down that CV and make some updates. But aside from including the usual suspects: skills, experience, qualifications, how do you write a personal statement and what’s the best way to present your professional self?
What’s the purpose of a personal statement?
Though it’s not essential to have a personal statement on your CV, it can be a really great way of differentiating your CV from countless others. A personal statement is essentially a pitch – an incentive for an employer or recruiter to carry on reading. It can also be thought of as a nutshell of your career, meant to highlight your professional specialisms and achievements. But for such a small paragraph, you’d be surprised at how difficult it can be to write concisely and articulately.
Since a personal statement is so short, you only have a few sentences to use to make an impression. Aim for between 50 and 150 words, any more will take up too much space on your CV and risk sounding like you’re rambling. One to word to keep in mind: edit.
First highlight the industry you work in and your job title, followed by your key skills, qualifications, and particular achievements likely to impress a recruiter. You can write this objectively for example, ‘An experienced marketing manager, possessing excellent communication skills, having worked on a variety of projects both locally and internationally...' or in first person, ‘As an experienced marketing manager, I have…’
Make sure that all statements you make can be supported by information in the rest of your CV. The professional markers you choose to highlight should be personal to you, and not sound like anyone else, but at the same time they shouldn’t be written to colloquially or abstractly – stick to facts.
Do’s and Don’ts
- Tailor your CV and personal statement to the job at hand.
- Thoroughly proofread and edit.
- Highlight your key skills, experience and background.
- Keep it short and sweet.
- Repeat information word for word from your cover letter, or copy and paste from the web.
- Ramble, no recruiter wants to read a personal statement that fancies itself a dramatic monologue.
- Use clichés or jargon.
- Include unnecessary information, like your age or hobbies.
If you’re still unsure, go onto LinkedIn and look at the ‘about’ section on peoples’ profiles – these read like personal statements and will give you a good idea of tone, style, structure and what to include.
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